Today’s Fashion Headlines: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

A necklace from Cartier's Paris Nouvelle Vague collection

A necklace from Cartier’s Paris Nouvelle Vague collection

Cartier Collection Inspired by Paris

Paris Nouvelle Vague, which goes on sale next month, comprises of seven lines all inspired by the City of Light. Pierre Rainero, director of style, image, and heritage at Cartier, said the Paris Nouvelle Vague collection was originally launched in 1999, but has been expanded. “The lines are inspired by Paris, but they correspond to a woman’s different moods,” he said. “The idea, with this inspiration, was to bring new elements to the way we draw and conceive jewelry, and to be in line with the most recent evolutions in today’s lifestyles.”

One gorgeous piece has a diamond wave design inspired by the Seine River. Another has beads studded with pink sapphires and diamonds, which give a nod to fireworks and the glittering Paris nightlife. A five-item set including necklaces, a bracelet, earrings, and a ring is a lovely interpretation of the late Thirties architecture of the Palais de Chaillot opposite the Eiffel Tower. The pieces use pink gold, hematite, amethysts, smoky quartz, pink opals, and of course diamonds. Print ads will debut in the June issues of fashion magazines and prices range $2,985 to $765,450.

Alice + Olivia Ready for Asian Expansion

Alice + Olivia has partnered with company ImagineX in Asia to open 23 stores over the next five years. The company’s Japan stores are currently experiencing triple-digit sales increases and the first-year sales goal for Japan is $10 million. The first Alice + Olivia store in China will open in Hong Kong in June. It will be a smaller, more curated store, but it will represent a whole lifestyle.

Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia’s designer, said the brand resonates with Asian women because “our aesthetic is feminine, sexy, sophisticated and emotional at the same time. I find that Asian women, on the one hand, like to be sophisticated and refined, but they also like a little fun. They like high-heeled shoes and color.” Alice + Olivia is also looking to open shops in the Middle East, specifically in Dubai.

Macy’s Launching New Men’s Private Brand

Macy’s is launching a new men’s private label for fall called the Bar III Carnaby Collection. Called “a modern and sophisticated spin on traditional British haberdashery,” the Carnaby Collection features suit pieces, sport coats, vests, pants, dress shirts, and neckwear with slim silhouettes. Inspired by London’s Savile Row, the material used includes tweed, herringbone, and corduroy, and has a rich color palette. The Carnaby Collection will hit stores and online on Sept. 1, and prices will range from $57.50 to $295. It will be presented as a lifestyle collection in the store, so guys can see how everything goes together.

– Claire Mykrantz

Source & Image: WWD

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